Rabbit & Ram 03, Polaroid Instant Film

Self-Portrait With Barbie Cam, Polaroid Instant Film

This Use To Be My Playground 016A, Polaroid Instant Film

Sunken Circus Girl, Polaroid Instant Film

The Keys To Paradise, Polaroid Instant Film

Texas Rodeo 025, Polaroid Instant Film

Texas Rodeo In The Land Of Oz, Polaroid Instant Film & Mixed Media

Sunken Texas, Polaroid Instant Film

Tori’s Dragonfly, Polaroid Instant Film

Sunken B-Sides XXX, Polaroid Instant Film

Monique Garza-Sullivan

Education

University of Texas at San Antonio

Bachelor of Fine Arts, 2006

Major: Studio Art

Concentration: Photography

Professional Experience

Aquarian Creative

San Antonio, Texas: January 2020- Present

Owner, Creative Art Director 

Texas Certifications: HUB, WBE, MBE, HABE, SBE, ESBE

TEXPOSITION : a 501c3

San Antonio, Texas: October 2015- Present

Creative Art Director, Board of Directors and Artist in Residence

Sullivan Biomedical

San Antonio, Texas: February 2011- Present

Co-owner, Manager, Secretary

San Antonio Film District: a 501c3

San Antonio, Texas: December 2007- December 2010

Creative Art Director, Artist in Residence, Secretary

Exhibitions and Awards

Instant Cologne: International Instant Art Expo, The Stage Gallery, August 2021

Stratosphere NFT Art International, Neal Digital Gallery, Beijing, August 2021

Profanity Paraffins x Monique Sullivan Collaboration: Oscar Week Celebrity Gifting Suite Bag, April 2021

City of San Antonio City Council, San Antonio Arts Commission & the Public Art Committee: Selected Artist March 2021

City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Culture, “SA Cares 4 Art”:  Grant Awardee,  September 2020.

Fotoseptiembre Photography Festival” Exhibition, Fotoseptiembre USA, San Antonio & Hill Country, September 2020.

“Decay, Corrosion, Rust” Exhibition, New York Center for Photographic Art, February 2020. * Juror’s Selection*

“5th Annual Artist Choice Exhibition, Fusion Art, February 2020. 

Skies” Online Exhibition, Art Room Gallery, January 2020. 

*Honorable Mention*

Greater San Antonio Camera Club, Digital Competition, December 2019. 

*3rd Place & 2nd Place Creative & Pictorial* 

Greater San Antonio Camera Club, Print Competition, November 2019. 

*2nd Place & Honorable Mention Creative & Nature*

InstantArt Paris” Paris Photo Exhibition, Galerie Joseph 51 Turenne, Paris, November 2019

Passport To The World” Art Exhibition and Gala, Inspire Fine Art, San Antonio, September 2019

Lion’s Field Annual Exhibition”, Lion’s Field, San Antonio, September 2019

Eyes Got It” Top 15 Semi-Finalist , Artpace, San Antonio, August 2019

InstantCologne” Photoszene Festival Köln Art Exhibition, O Smend Gallery, Cologne, May 2019

Instant Art Paris” Paris Photo Art Exhibition, Galerie Joseph Turenne, Paris, November 2018

Lion’s Field Annual Exhibition”, San Antonio, August 2018

Greater San Antonio Camera Club, Digital Competition, April 2018 

*3rd Place and Honorable Mention*

Greater San Antonio Camera Club, Digital Competition, February 2018 

* Honorable Mention*

“About Self” Art Exhibition, PRYME EDITIONS, November 2017

International Photography” Art Exhibition, Fusion Art Gallery, October 2017 *Exhibition Winner*

3rd Annual ‘Figures and Faces’ Art Exhibition, Fusion Art Gallery, October 2017 *Honorable Mention*

Skies” Art Exhibition, Fusion Art Gallery, September 2017

Ugly” Online Exhibition, Linus Galleries, August 2017

Abstract” Online Exhibition, Linus Galleries, July 2017

Courage and Disturbance” Online Art Exhibition, Linus Galleries, June 2017

2nd Annual ‘Cityscapes’ Art Exhibition, Fusion Art Gallery Online, June 2017 *Exhibition Finalist*

All Landscapes” Art Exhibition, Contemporary Art Gallery Online, June 2017

Animals”Art Exhibition, Light, Space and Time Online Gallery, June 2017 

*Special Recognition Artist*

Landscapes” Art Exhibition, Light, Space and Time Online Gallery, May 2017 

*Special Recognition Artist Awards*

2nd Annual Animal Kingdom” Art Exhibition, Fusion Art Gallery Online, May 2017 *Exhibition Finalist*

All Botanicals” Art Exhibition, Contemporary Art Gallery Online, April 2017

Greater San Antonio Camera Club, Digital Competition, April 2017 

*2nd & 3rd Place*

Figurative” Art Exhibition, Light Space Time Online Gallery, April 2017 

*Special Merit Artist Award *Special Recognition Artist Award* 

Project 8: Untold Instant Stories” at Impossible Project Laboratory, Berlin, October 2016

“UTSA KROW Radio Solo Show Benefit” at Cafe Revolucion, San Antonio, April 2006

“UTSA BFA Exhibition” at Main Art Gallery, San Antonio, Spring 2006

“UTSA Exposure Photography Club 3rd Bi-annual Exhibition” at Alameda, San Antonio, Spring 2005

“UTSA Student Art Guild Annual Student Exhibition” at Blue Star, San Antonio, Fall 2004, *2nd Prize*

“UTSA Exposure Photography Club 2nd Bi-annual Exhibition”, at Friedrich Building, San Antonio, Fall 2004

“UTSA Exposure Photography Club 1st Bi-annual Exhibition” at Blue Star, San Antonio, Spring 2004

San Antonio College “El Dia de los Muertos Culture Essay Competition”, San Antonio, Fall 2002 *1st Prize*

San Antonio College “Cultural Festival” Vienna Waltz Ballroom Dance Performer, San Antonio, Spring 2002

Publications: 

“InstantCologne- International Art Expo” Exhibition, Germany, August 2021.

Photoszene United, InstantCologne 2021- International Instant Art Expo; https://festival.photoszene.de/Festival/instantcologne-2021-international-instant-art-expo/300.html, May 2021.

Decay, Corrosion, Rust” Exhibition, New York Center for Photographic Art, February 2020. * Juror’s Selection*.

Photodarium International Instant Photography Calendar, 2020.

InstantArt Paris” Paris Photo Festival Art Exhibition, Paris, November 2019.

InstantCologne” Photoszene Festival Köln Art Exhibition, May 2019.

“InstantCologne- International Instant Art Expo”, aphognext.com, May 2019.

Photodarium International Instant Photography Calendar 2019.

InstantArt Paris” Paris Photo Festival Art Exhibition, Paris, November 2018.

“Discover Over 40 Creative Instant Photographers At Instant Art Paris, Polaroid Originals Magazine, October 2018: https://magazine.polaroidoriginals.com/instant-art-paris/ .

Issue Numero 107, Plateform Magazine, January 2018.

Issue #3, Shoot Film UK, 2017.

Issue #4, Shoot Film UK, 2017.

Organizations:

University of Texas at San Antonio Alumni Association- Life Member

Greater San Antonio Camera Club

San Antonio Art League

National Dean’s List

University of Texas at San Antonio Exposure Photography Club 2004-2006; Vice President of Media Coordination

University of Texas at San Antonio Student Art Guild 2003-2006

University of Texas at Austin Ballroom Dancing Club

m0niquesullivan Bio

Monique Sullivan earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art with a concentration in Photography from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her work is inspired by her dreams, spirituality and Latina heritage. Her range of artworks includes photography, painting, ceramics, printmaking, installation and video. Artistic influences include Andy Warhol, David LaChapelle, Frida Kahlo, Annie Leibovitz, Mark Romanek, Dale Chihuly, Nick Veasey, Bansky, and classic masters Henri Matisse, Salvador Dalí, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Vincent Van Gogh, Leonardo da Vinci, Salvador Dalí, Marc Chagall, Claude Monet and Pablo Picasso. Monique is a real estate Mom-trepreneur who additionally participated in several Artist-In-Residence opportunities. She works as a Creative Art Director for several businesses. She competes throughout the year to local, state and worldwide exhibitions. Her photography has been displayed at galleries for international events such as Paris Photo, Germany’s Photoszene and this year’s Texas Hill Country Fotoseptiembre festival. She has been published in numerous magazines, books and calendars for her work. She has earned many recognition awards for visual arts and even featured in Polaroid Magazine. She is a life member of the UTSA Alumni Association, San Antonio Art League and the Greater San Antonio Camera Club. She was born in San Antonio and graduated with Honors from Winston Churchill High School. During that time, she became a member of the National Honors Society, National French Honors Society and the National Forensic League. She was on Varsity Theatre, Choir and competed in UIL Oral Interpretation. She was a member in various UT Austin & UTSA clubs such as the Student Art Guild and the Ballroom Dancing Club. She was the first Vice President of Media Coordination at her Exposure Photography Club. Her historic district studios are located at her 1910 Craftsman three story home. She lives with her husband, two children and two chickens.

m0niquesullivan Artist Statement

Instant photography captures the nostalgia of idealism and the magic of serendipity. The digital age and analog film are colliding to create a new interaction in the conversation of contemporary photography. With innovative tools, the enchantment of instant film is bursting with new flavors, creativity and excitement. Within this new technology lives the mutation of fine art and the adventurous spirit of Americana. I explore these peculiarities with an assortment of cameras, mediums and techniques.

The Polaroid series began as an experimental technique in my exploration of contemporary photography. The chemical reactions of the emulsion within those iconic white borders created organic generative expressions. Applying natural elements with the magic of my backyard, literary references and prolonged time emitted a photographic alchemy recipe of manipulation. The process yielded results that are abstract manifestations which soon became a premonition of the future. Bursting with closeted color, ambiguous space and frozen in time before it completely self-destructs. Dreaming in analog illustrates mining for rare gold in a digital Renaissance and holding it in your hand. It represents the entropy of decay, science’s phenomenon of causation and the connectivity of the decomposition network. Taking serendipity, making a wish on a dragonfly and sending in on its wildlife journey to gently touch the world around it.